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Our Intermediate Class

 

Remembering and Forgetting

…hopefully our students don’t do much of the latter!

 

 

In our intermediate class we have been learning about ‘memory’.

Have you ever thought about how our minds create new memories, store them, and then are able to recall them when they are needed? The fact that we can do this is pretty spectacular. It’s this process which allows us to learn about the things around us and interact with the world.

Think about how many times we rely on our memory to help us in everyday life, from remembering the pin to your phone to recognising the person you met in the supermarket last week.

The study of human memory is a major topic of interest within science, specifically cognitive psychology. But what is memory? How are memories made? Let’s find out…

The Stage Model of Memory

Many models of memory have been proposed over the years, but we like ‘the stage model of memory’ (Atkinson and Shiffrin, 1968) due to it’s simplistic approach to the basic structure and function of memory. The theory proposes three separate stages of memory: sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory.

How can we remember better?

We want you to ‘have a memory like an elephant’ not ‘like a sieve’. Here are some tips and tricks to help you store all the information we throw at you during class.

 

Talking about personal memories

‘Take a walk down memory lane’. What kind of event was it and why do you remember it? When did it happen? Where were you? What was the background to the event? What were the main things that happened? How did it end?

Our intermediate class answered these questions in class. Here is some of their work…

 

For a link to the idioms used in this blog, click on the button below.

 

 

Children’s English Classes

 

 

 

Weekday English Classes

 

Our native English speaking teachers are here for your every need. We guide students through a fun and educational English course that encourages them to build competence and confidence as learners. Our course includes an excellent variety of creative activities that encourage children to develop academic, personal, and social skills.

Whether your child needs support with school homework, exam preparation, or just need some extra one-on-one English attention, we are here for you.

We offer a comprehensive course for after school classes, which are inline with the internationally accredited Oxford curriculum. We also have more advanced and specialist courses available. Should you require them, please ask.

 

Get Set Go 1

Our level 1 classes are designed with a smooth, fun, and interactive introduction to English in mind. We begin by introducing key sections of the vocabulary, such as colours and ‘hellos & goodbyes’ to help improve students’ listening and speaking. We also provide an introduction to phonics, reading and writing.

Due to our long term experience running language classes for children, we know how hard it can be to have a child focus on a whiteboard or textbooks, so we design our classes with fun and interactivity in mind. We make each lesson as stimulating as possible and we even organise field trips just to keep things interesting for them.

The textbook we use is ‘Get Set Go’ volume 1,  published by Oxford University Press. The textbook creates a rounded syllabus specially designed for children.

 

Get Set Go 2

These classes are a slight step up from their younger counterpart. In this class we aim to once again widen the student’s vocabulary and to introduce more descriptive words so the child can speak about different subjects with a base level of understanding. We work heavily on phonics, aiming to help the child to pronounce possibly difficult sounds in a clearer way. The child’s writing will also be worked on to a higher degree, as we attempt to have the child writing short concrete pieces on their own.

Just like the other classes we still aim to make these classes as fun and stimulating for the child as possible. Trying to learn a new language can be a massive strain even for the most experienced adult, so as a child we know they can lose interest if the classes aren’t engaging enough. So, we do our best to make them interesting as well as educational for the student.

Oxford University Press published ‘Get Set Go’ volume 2 are used in the class, combining a firm mixture of reading, writing, listening, and speaking tasks.

Get Set Go 3

This is designed for children up to roughly 16 years old, depending on ability. In these classes we aim to teach the child short, spoken pieces describing hobbies, places, wishes, etc. Their reading and writing will match their speech and they’ll be able to understand simple texts as well as being able to write short descriptive and concrete pieces.

In these classes the children are often more mature then their younger counterparts, therefore we try to create an educational environment while still including the fun and interactivity of the younger ages. We feel learning to speak a language should be a group activity and so the students are encouraged to engage in group work, enabling them to use their English in a comfortable and safe setting.

‘Get Set Go’ volume 3, published by Oxford University Press are the official textbooks for this class, giving the children different tasks focusing on speaking an reading, presented in an enjoyable way.

When?

Every weekday

4pm – 6pm

How much?

Private class per hour

600B

 

Learning should be fun

 

 

Learning can and should be fun

This isn’t a statement said simply from a moral standing, but out of scientific research too.

When you learn something new, a chemical called dopamine shoot through your brain. It’s what makes us feel happy. Our body feels rewarded, which gives us motivation to repeat whatever caused it.

The reason for this electro-chemical connection between learning and reward is that our brains have obviously been designed to have fun through learning!

Even the most boring grammar point can be exciting. Today, we learnt about commas in our advanced class. Take a look at how much fun we had (and learn the rules about commas at the same time)!

Do you want to have fun and learn English? Contact us for information about our classes.

Children’s Classes

Saturday School

 

Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and lots of FUN!

 

 

Our Children’s Saturday School offers students the best learning experience possible! We provide interactive, engaging learning experiences that give students the opportunity to make friends, have fun, and learn something new!

We offer small groups with highly qualified teachers. Our native English speaking teachers guide students through a fun and educational English course that encourages them to build competence and confidence as learners. Our course includes an excellent variety of creative activities that encourage children to develop academic, personal, and social skills.

Students from 3 to 18 years old are welcome to join us!

View our flyers for more information.

 

English

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Thai

Krabi Language School

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NEW SCHOOL

 English and Thai classes

 

 

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oh Samui Language School are proud to present our sister-school, Krabi Language School, which will be opening soon!

Our new language school provides up to date, affordable courses in Thai & English for both children & adults, using a combination of conversational and textbook teaching.

Due to our excellent relationship with the Ministry of Education we can help you attain an Education Visa, also known as a ‘non-immigrant ED visa’, which can allow you to live in this beautiful country for up to 5 years.

 

Thai and English Partnership

Having both Thai and English owners, we get the best out of both mentalities in their approaches to school management. Which can be felt in our style, values and interaction with our students.

Easy Enrollment

Unlike our competitors, having both Thai and English management & staff makes dealing with us that much easier. Have your pick of a native Thai or English speaker to help you through the enrollment process.

Relevant Courses

At our school we keep our resources up to date by using the latest Longmans, Oxford and Cambridge textbooks, while following the official European recommended language course framework.

More information coming soon. Watch this space!

Education Visa Information

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Visa Information

Everything you need to know about Education Visas

We have put together some handy notes so you know exactly what you need for your education visa, how much it will cost, and how to get it.

If you would like more information, please contact us.

Hospitality English

 

 

Hospitality English Courses 

Aim for the stars!

Five Star Language is a branch of Koh Samui Language School which was started in 2003 to write English service training material including text books and multi-media solutions for the hospitality sector, as well as offer language training to hotels and resorts.

Our portfolio consists of three language courses, ‘Essential Language’, ‘Hospitality in Focus’ and ‘English for International Hospitality’,  three top quality language courses supplied alongside their own unique text books. All material is used on a case by case basis for individual hotel and hotel brand needs with focus on English service training.

  • 8 different departments
  • Two books (levels) for each department
  • For beginner and intermediate
  • Speaking and listening
  • Each level is 40 hours
  • Simple, fast and effective
  • Conversation skills & vocabulary

  • 6 departments
  • 5 books (25 chapters) each department
  • Intermediate to advanced students
  • Speaking, listening, reading, writing
  • Each book (30 hours) has five chapters
  • Detailed and in depth
  • Grammar & vocabulary

  • Mixed departments
  • Four books
  • Intermediate to advanced students
  • Speaking, listening, reading, writing
  • Each book 30 hours
  • Improve interactions and conversation
  • Fluency, grammar & production

 

 

Take the next step and join the ranks of the 5 Star Language Hotels.

Join our 100+ Five Star Language Customers now!

Click here for more information.

School Comparison

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Koh Samui Language Schools

 

Look! here we found really useful school comparison list It’s in Russian, so we translated it into English.

Many people go to Thailand not only to relax, but also to learn something new.
This article explores options for learning languages on Koh Samui. 

 

By studying at a school in Thailand you can be granted a student visa, which is convenient in allowing you to live in Thailand for a longer period of time than a normal tourist visa. If a child’s parents study in Koh Samui, the child can also obtain a visa known as a Non-O visa, which is a visa for an accompanying family member. 

 

In order to get an education visa, you just need to follow a few simple steps. First and foremost, you must determine the school that you will attend. We will give you all the inside information in this article to help you make an informed choice. Once you have chosen your school, they will provide you with all the documents for the necessary visa and then you can get your head down and start learning. 

 

Below is a list of schools in Koh Samui that are licensed by the MOI (Ministry of Education), whereby admission into the school allows you to obtain a student visa. At the time of writing, July 2017, it was possible to find information about 7 schools issuing education visas in Koh Samui. Of these schools: 

  • Thai solutions has already closed 
  • Walen is closing due to financial loss and is not accepting any new students 
  • The school of Joy is under threat of visa being cancelled due to the sale of documents for an education visa without providing real lessons 

 

The information for each of the researched schools can be found below, followed by a price comparison table. 

 

Koh Samui Language and Vocational School


Address: 11/8, Moo 1, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84330, Thailand,
tel. 077 248228077 248228 and 086 947 2883086 947 2883
In Maenam opposite store “75”
Website – http://kstvs.com/  
Group on vk – https://vk.com/kstvs 
Page on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kstvs 
Page on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kstvs/  


KSTVS are the oldest school on the island. They have the most students of all the schools and are recommended by the immigration office on Koh Samui. They are the only school on the island who regularly post training content in English, including video reviews from their students. 


Mind Your Language


Web site – mindyourlanguagethailand.com/ 
Address: 142/7 Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Smui, Surat Thani 84320
Working hours:  Monday-Saturday 9-18
Sunday: Closed
Phone: 077 962 088


Samui Language School

Samui Language School
Website: www.samuilanguageschool.com/ 
Address: 142 / 24-25, Moo 4, T. Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310 Working hours:
Working Hours: Monday to Saturday  9-18
Sunday: Closed
Phone: 077 960 103

 

A New Language School


Address: 123/152 Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320
Working hours: Monday-Saturday 9-18
Sunday: Closed 
Phone: 077 426 981 

 

 

Walen


A branch of a famous network of language schools in Thailand.
You can learn Thai, English, Chinese, and Spanish.
Address: 17 / 11-12 Bophut Road,
telephone +66 (0) 77 310 724 + 66 (0) 77 310 724 and 077310-725,
e-mail: walensamui@gmail.com
The general site of this network of schools is http: www.thaiwalen.com/?lang=en 

The school is not accepting new students and is sending new students to KSTVS. All existing students will finish their paid courses. 


The School of Joy


Web site – www.theschoolofjoysamui.com
Address: Surat Thani, Donsak Pier – Koh Samui,  Tambon Bophut
Working hours: Monday – Saturday  9-18
Sunday: Closed 
Phone: 077 960 776 

According to rumors, there is a risk of visas being cancelled for those buying visas only and not attending real classes. During the last two inspections, the officers did not see any classes at the school and were not satisfied.

 

 

We spoke with a student who is currently registered with The School of Joy. They told us: 

“If you are not going to study, but just want to get a visa, the price is only 15,000 baht”

We also spoke with the immigration department who, in accordance with the law, stated: 

“The minimum standard for obtaining an annual visa is 400 hours of training. If requirements are not met, visas will be cancelled” 

Please view the table below for a comparison of the cost of education in language schools in Koh Samui. They take into account the individual features of pricing and duration of studies in different schools in Koh Samui. For ease of comparison, it is displayed as the cost of education per hour (60 minutes) in THB.

English for Beginners

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Koh Samui Language School’s

English for Beginners

 

Do you want to learn English, but don’t know where to start?

 

Here at Koh Samui Language School, we offer a popular English for Beginners course. This course focuses on all aspects of the English language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course is taught by the school’s Head Teacher, who is a native speaker with years of international teaching experience, a degree in English Language, and most importantly a love of teaching!  

 

Course Information

 

2 classes per week

Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Friday 13:00 – 15:00 p.m.

 

200 hour course

29,900 baht

48 hour course

9,900 baht

 

 

Please contact us if you have any questions about courses at Koh Samui Language School.

 

New Timetable

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New Timetable

 

Don’t miss the start of our new semester next week! If you have any questions about times, dates, levels, or anything else you can think of, please contact us via email, phone, or in person at our office.

 

 

We are always accepting new students, so tell your friends, shout it from the rooftops, and share our posts online! Don’t forget, you get a 10% discount if you refer a friend.